Book Review: The Idea And Practice Of World Government

The Idea And Practice Of World Government, by Gerard J. Mangone

It should at least be said of this book that the author, who appears to be a frighteningly committed globalist, is fully aware of the difficulties of achieving a unified global order.  As someone who reads more than my fair share of booked devoted to lofty-minded ideals of cosmopolitan elites ruling over a unified world state [1] and speaking a unified language, this book was refreshing in being brutally honest about the difficulties faced by those who wish to create a new world order.  The book was written in 1951, in the early days of the United Nations, and it was already evident to committed globalists like the author that the UN would be a very pale shadow of the desired government of the world.  What makes this book particularly frightening is the fact that despite the fact that the author is aware of the general unpopularity of the UN within the United States as well as the unsuitability of most of the world’s cultures for the full fruits of democracy, the author dedicates the book “to those men and women everywhere who will not let the light of reason go out nor the fruits of democracy spoil.”  One suspects that this book’s brutal realism is a call to arms for a global elite to behave as FDR did during WWII, largely deceiving the populace of their nations to maneuver the nation into doing something it would not have freely chosen on its own.

The roughly 250 pages of this book are divided into ten chapters and four parts that are breathtaking in their scope and ambition.  The first part of the book looks at the theory of world government, starting with the premises, then looking at the forms, and then examining the consequences, depending on whether that world government is freely chosen or is enforced from above.  The second part of the book looks at the progress of world government, starting with the idea of progress and then looking at the implications of world government for economic and spiritual progress.  The third part of the book shows the author wrestling with questions of justice, the practice of international law, and world culture and community.  The fourth part of the book looks at the interaction of democracy and world government and the alternatives to destiny.  There is a great tension in the discussion between the realities of people whose emotional attachments are to regions and local matters and a perceived need for global unity, as well as tension between the high costs of imperial control over large swathes of humanity and the dismal likelihood that the people of the earth will vote for unity, or that statesmen and politicians would give up their power over anarchical states in order to grant power to a world state that is capable of enforcing its global order.

In reading this book, though, I was struck by the way that the author frames the problems of enforcing unity on humanity in a way that is just and enlightened would require godlike powers of self-restraint and insight, to say nothing of the power to make any attempts at revolt from the global order utterly fruitless.  What is terrifying to think of when one thinks of the corrupt elites of a world that believe they act for the greater self-interest and blind themselves to their own fallen nature and the wickedness of their schemes is far less terrifying to think about when it comes to God establishing His rule over His own creation with the support of heavenly armies of angels and believers as is written in the prophecies of the Bible.  If we are to have a just world order that rules for the common benefit of mankind and that educations all people as to their rights and obligations, we must be ruled by beings who can demonstrate a far higher standard of service and honor than we get from the elites of our contemporary world.  It is only a shame that the author does not aim higher than the human in fashioning his own plans for a global order.

[1] See, for example:

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Idea And Practice Of World Government

  1. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I just finished Clash of Kingdoms, which I got from Booklook Bloggers. I’d be interested to read your review, if you request it. In terms of relevance to this particular post, the authors talks about how Europe is so divided, and what the barriers are to the European Union being like the U.S. Yet, they believe that the Antichrist will unite Europe! That was a tension within the book, in my opinion: on the one hand, they want to present the end as near; on the other hand, they realize that some conditions are not exactly in accord with their end-time scenario.

    • I have reviewed it, and it will post on Sunday night @ 9:01PM PST. 🙂 I had mixed reviews for it as well, as one might imagine. The book had a familiar feeling of prophetic enthusiasm.

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